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Supergirl (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  21 November 1984 (USA)
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After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.



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After a power source for the community of Krypton survivors is accidentally whisked to earth, Kara-El, cousin to Superman and niece to Jor-El, chooses to go to earth to find it, and bring it back. Upon her arrival, she becomes just a powerful and Super as her cousin, but encounters dangerous battles and unexpected obstacles when a mean spirited woman who practices rituals of the occult takes the power source for herself, and uses it to cause destruction and attempt zenith human status. Written by CoachTophie

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She has all the power of the universe, but she still has to learn about love. See more »


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Release Date:

21 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Supergirl: The Movie  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$13,600,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The movie was completed by Warner Brothers. After Superman III (1983), Warner Brothers decided not to release it. Tri-Star Pictures picked it up, and cut it from 126 minutes to 105 minutes. Warner Brothers eventually regained full rights to the film and finally released it on DVD in 2006 in its international cut. See more »


While Selena is burning the chicken, in the close up shot big flames come out, but a split second later, from a different angle, there's just smoke. See more »


Supergirl: I can't. I can't
Zaltar: You can. On, girl.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits Argo City is kept in view until the last minute. See more »


Referenced in The Reinactors (2008) See more »


Written by Howard Jones & Anne Bryant
Performed by Howard Jones
Courtesy of WEA Records Limited
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3 June 2003 | by (Mind of the Films) – See all my reviews

Sharply done, often pleasing effort from the Salkind/Warner Bros. troupe. Much of a relief after the disastrous Superman III, Supergirl is Kal-El's cousin from the inner space community of ArgoCity. After a mistake goes awry within the peaceful walls of the city of Argo, Kara(Helen Slater, in probably her best performance.) must go to earth and retrieve the omegahedron, a power source that ArgoCity needs to live. Thus she is transformed to Supergirl-Women of Steel! What she does not understand at first, is that the magical source fell into the hands of the chaos hungry sorceress Selena, who proceeds to filch it, and take over the small town of Midvale, Il. It's up to Supergirl to save the day and return the omegahedron to ArgoCity where it belongs. Can she do it? State of the art special effects, especially the wire work, and FABulous acting boost this to be one of Hollywood's best efforts. Urbane settings and Mundane characters increase this. Jerry Goldsmith's beautiful and imaginative score is felicitous and strong. Like Superman/Superman II, the greats were hired to take this film flight: Faye Dunaway(Network), Peter O'Toole(Laurence of Arabia), Brenda Vaccaro(Midnight Cowboy-Once is Not Enough), Maureen Teefy(Fame), Mia Farrow(Rosemary's Baby), Peter Cook(Bedazzled), and of course, Helen Slater, turns in such good acting that one is right there in the front row shouting for her to win! win! win! All in all, an underrated film(After the Warner Bros. dropping it fiasco) and a true diamond in the blockbuster rough! ***** out of *****!

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